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How to convert from cavernous to cozy

August 28, 2009|For Metro Source

Though too much space sounds like the kind of problem many renters and homeowners would love to have, a large open space in a home can prove problematic. Oftentimes, the biggest complaint such spaces elicit from homeowners is the antiseptic feeling they create. Rather than the cozy feel many people prefer in a home, larger rooms often feel cavernous and cold.

While homeowners might not care to or have the money to reduce the size of such rooms, there are ways to make a large room seem less spacious and more cozy and comforting.

o When it comes to accessories, choose artwork. Apartment dwellers are fond of hanging mirrors to make smaller rooms appear larger. Why does this work? Because mirrors reflect light and make a room appear longer. But the last thing a room that already appears long and expansive needs is a mirror to make it seem even larger. So rather than hanging a mirror, hang artwork. Throw rugs on the floor can make a room appear less spacious as well.

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o Rearrange the furniture. Furniture that is far apart also gives the impression that a room is cavernous. Therefore, when rearranging the furniture, it helps to cluster seats together. This will not only help a room seem more cozy, but it will make having conversations in the room easier and promote the room's use as a result.

o Consider the color scheme. Color plays a significant role in a room's ambiance as well. For instance, lighter colors make a room seem larger, while darker colors do the opposite. Though darker colors can tighten up a room, it's best to avoid going entirely with dark colors. Doing so can actually give the room a negative, suffocating vibe. Balance the colors as much as possible to ensure spending time there is enjoyable and comfortable.

o Practice proper papering. Just like the color of furniture and paint contribute to how a large room feels, the wallpaper can as well. Larger rooms should not have wallpaper with stripes, be they horizontal or vertical stripes. That only makes a room seem longer.

Wallpaper with tiny little patterns should be avoided as well.Chances are, such patterns in a large room will make things difficult on your eyes when sitting in the room for an extended period of time.

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